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A 22-year-old female asked:

Hi. i am 22, i was molested when i was younger and i want to know if that can break the hymen? i went to see a doc who said that my hymen wasn't there

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Your doc: Some women are born with no hymen, a limited wide shelf like hymen or lose it through childhood trauma, self sex, or other event like molestation. If your finger passes easily into the opening it could be gone or "broken".If your doc examined the area and said it was gone, I would accept it as being true.
Dr. Aron Tendler
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Yes: I'm so sorry for what happened to you. Intercourse, penetration, will almost inevitably break the hymen. Some plastic surgeons can repair it if this is a problem for you.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Dr. Liesa Harte commented
Family Medicine 29 years experience
I don't know if it will make you feel any better, but even riding a horse or bicycle can break your hymen.
Jun 4, 2014
Dr. Janiece Stewart
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: I am sorry to hear that this occurred. I would recommend you seek counseling if you are having an emotional difficulty as a result.
Dr. Cindy Williams
Pediatrics 39 years experience
As above, so sorry. Hymens break, even with bike riding, etc. I always tell my patients that they are virgins until they have consensual sex. A hymen is just a bit of tissue.
Jun 3, 2014

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